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UK spatial evidence base

This resources centre is based on the outcomes of the ESPON UK Workshop: 

UK Spatial Development Evidence Base, Leeds, 23 September 2009

CompassThe workshop, hosted by the ESPON UK Contact Point, RTPI Development Planning Network and CLG, brought together researchers and practitioners to explore the potential for using data generated by the ESPON research programme. Participants considered how ESPON can help to develop and inform spatial development indicators for planning and economic development in the UK in the context of the European Territorial Agenda (workshop programme). 

Photo above by Jetmir Decani

The workshop: 

  • provided information on the latest call for research projects,
  • outlined how data already generated by the programme can be accessed and used,
  • identified gaps to be addressed in current and forthcoming ESPON research,
  • explored how ESPON can provide research outputs that are relevant to UK planning practice.

Download workshop report

Workshop presentations:

Workshop resources:

  • NWDA Report on European Benchmarking for the Northwest more...
  • EC Regional Policy Inforegio more...

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Relevant Documents

Report on the ESPON Workshop on Territorial Indicators and Indices

Outcome Indicators for Spatial Planning in England

Evidence-based Planning

Relevant Links

Sustainable Development Website

Eurostat Website

Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)

New indicators on regional progress towards sustainable development: An update of 46 measures of regional progress towards sustainable development in England was published on 25 February 2010 by Government statisticians at DEFRA. A formal statistical summary accompanies the indicators but the main interest lies in the detail for each indicator and in fact sheets for each of the Government Office Regions.

Relevant Events

Indicators Conference

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